System of zig-zags

Zigzag trenches dug at Stockheath Naval Camp

Zigzag trenches dug at Stockheath Naval Camp

David  Yates, right, outside 23, Garnier Street, Fratton. The original  front room of the  house is where he is  standing.

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I see in The News last week that a trench training system left over from the First World War has been discovered in Gosport.

Strangely enough, when I was researching photographs for my first book The Naval Camps of Bedhampton, Havant & Leigh Park, I noticed this system of zig-zag trenches.

They were dug by matelots to the north of Stockheath Naval Camp, now part of Leigh Park estate.

I went up to the location in the hope that there were some remains, but the whole of the area is now covered in housing.

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